The Classic Ford Show 2024 was an absolute triumph, with enthusiasts from all over the country flocking to the South of England Showground at Ardingly. Here are some of the best bits…

20 years of Classic Ford Show

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for Classic Ford Show 2024, with glorious sunshine all day long. The atmosphere was electric, filled with the undeniable passion and excitement that comes from a gathering of classic Ford lovers. Even the closure of the nearby M25 junctions didn’t deter the dedication of these Blue Oval fans. They would not be deterred from firing up their classics and showing them off to a bunch of like-minded fans. This year, the show celebrated its 20th birthday in style.

Great Unveiling

One of the most highly anticipated features of the Classic Ford Show was The Great Unveiling. These classic Ford projects had been meticulously kept under wraps, their progress shrouded in secrecy, until they were finally completed just in time for the show. And boy, did they deliver! The Great Unveiling, in association with Car Gods, was a spectacle like no other. These long-awaited masterpieces were revealed for the very first time at the Classic Ford Show, leaving attendees in awe and marvelling at the dedication and craftsmanship that had gone into these projects.

This year the projects revealed included a Mk2 Granada with a Toyota 2JZ engine, a highly modified pink Mk2 Fiesta, a stunning Mk2 Escort Mexico, and a gorgeous bubble-arch Mk1 Escort. For full details on each of the Great Unveiling cars be sure to pick up a copy of the July issue of Classic Ford magazine.

It was an unforgettable moment that truly showcased the creativity and innovation within the classic Ford community. The Great Unveiling was, without a doubt, a highlight of the show, providing enthusiasts with a one-of-a-kind experience that they won’t soon forget.

Top 10 Rosettes

With so many top-quality cars on show choosing the Top 10 cars at the show can’t have been an easy task. But nobody can argue the awesome classic Fords awarded with rosettes were worthy winners.
This year, the winning cars included:

  • a Cosworth YB-powered 4×4 P100 pick-up
  • a tuned Mk1 Fiesta Supersport
  • a Honda-powered Anglia 105E
  • a Mk1 Escort with a Duratec on throttle bodies
  • a big-power Sierra Cosworth on split-rims
  • a Zetec-powered bubble-arched Mk1 Escort
  • a stunning straigh-six Mk1 Zephyr
  • a beautifully restored Mk1 Escort RS1600
  • a modded Mk2 Granada 2.8i
  • a sublime Mk3 Cortina GXL

55 Years of the Capri

But that’s not all! The Classic Ford Show also paid homage to the iconic Ford Capri, marking its 55th anniversary with a dedicated display. From the early Mk1s to the sleek Mk3s, every generation of this beloved classic was represented. And of course, each car had its own unique story to tell. It was a sight to behold, a true testament to the timeless allure of the Capri.

Classic Ford Magazine

Inside the Queen’s Hall, the beating heart of the Classic Ford Show, Classic Ford magazine took centre stage. The stand buzzed with activity throughout the day. It hosted live interviews with owners and showcased a selection of the most impressive feature cars from the past year. And for those looking to take a piece of the show home, the merchandise stand offered Classic Ford branded apparel, stickers, and even back issues of the magazine.

If you thought these special cars inside the Queen’s Hall were the best you’d seen, you weren’t wrong. This specially curated Top 50 display in partnership with Burton Power presented the crème de la crème of classic Fords in the UK. It was a visual feast, a collection of the most stunning, well-preserved, and best-modded Fords that left visitors in awe and envy.

Club Displays

Not forgetting the Club Displays, where owners proudly presented their pre-2004 Fords, showing off their beloved rides with fellow club members. Or they could enter the dedicated Special Display area. This was a display of individuality, with each car reflecting its owner’s personal touch and passion.

Retail Village

The Retail Village at the show was a treasure trove of automotive goodies. From parts and accessories to unique finds that add that extra wow factor to your classic Ford, it was a haven for enthusiasts looking for that special something to enhance their pride and joy. One of the most prominent trade displays was that from official sponsors, Car Gods. You couldn’t miss their awesome retail unit, complete with modified Sierra Cosworth RS500 to showcase the impressive results you can achieve from Car God’s amazing range of detailing products. Grab some for your car and get it gleaming ahead of its next outing!

Looking ahead to 2025

With its incredible displays, engaging activities, and vibrant atmosphere, Classic Ford Show 2024 truly embodied the spirit of car culture. This event showcased the very essence of the Classic Ford community, a family-friendly gathering of like-minded individuals who live and breathe the art of car modification and appreciation. The dust has barely settle on the 2024 event, but already thoughts are turning to 2025. Classic Ford Show will return to the South of England Showground on May 11, 2025..

But if you can’t wait until then to get your classic Ford fix, make sure you check out Ford Fair at Silverstone on August 11 and Ford Fest at Mallory Park on September 22.

We can’t wait to see you there!